Thursday, 15 January 2015

♥The Prince - Sylvain Reynard || Review ♥

The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.”

Time to be honest here, i dont really read about Vampires and the "underworld" however i do adore Sylvain Reynard so i was going to have to give this a go, and if it meant i got more of the Emersons then i was a happy reader.

The prince is a prequel novella to The Raven, the new trilogy by Reynard, and its written in the beautiful way of his previous works with plenty of Italian beauty to set the scenes, and his fluent writing to draw you into the underworld. I found the narrative in part simplisitc, but it allowed to set the scene for the upcoming books, it gave the reader enough knowledge to know the characters going forward.

My favourite part however came in reference to the Emersons, as they are one of my favourite couples in writing, and the news we learn is worrying, as again only a little is given away. We learn how the Professor is key to the Prince, and the the Prince's intentions going forward.

The Prince was a short read, i managed to tuck it under my belt in a matter of hours, and whilst it wasnt for me my favourite read ever, it was good, and for a genre i avoid - it worked, because of the author. 

About this author

I am honoured to have had all three of my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists. I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. "Gabriel's Inferno" was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and "Gabriel's Rapture" was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, "Gabriel's Redemption," debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.

My next book is "The Raven," which releases February 3rd. It's already available for preorder. I'm also publishing a prequel novella entitled "The Prince," which releases January 20th. "The Prince" is available for preorder now.

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, food, drink, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.

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